Community Needs from: Gonzaga University

Volunteer: Kitchen/Meal Assistant

St. Anne's Children & Family Center serves three meals a day Monday through Friday.  Join our fun, professional kitchen crew with meal preparation and distribution to all of our classrooms.  

Job requirements:

Two to three days a week ~ even one day a week would be a big help! Hours: 9:00am to 1:00pm Ability to comfortably stand, walk, stoop and able to reach with hands and arms for extended periods of time Obtain a WA State Food Worker Card Complete a TB skin test Complete a background check including fingerprints through the Department of Early Learning

If interested, contact Bridget Carstens at bcarstens@ccspokane.org  

Agency: Catholic Charities Spokane: St. Anne's Children and Family Center
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99204
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Land's Council

Land's Council

Agency: CCASL: Zag Volunteer Corps
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: happens on 09/23/2017
Zip Code: 99258
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Do you enjoy doing dishes?

The House of Charity needs help doing their dishes!  Every day the HOC feeds hundreds of hungry and  vulnerable community members a hot breakfast and lunch.  We only have 2 paid staff members who work in the kitchen, so we rely heavily on our volunteers to get this challenging task done.  Recently, we have realized our need for extra help in the dish pit. If you enjoy working on your own, operating commercial grade dishwashers, and don't mind getting a little wet; this just might be the job for you! Come join our amazing kitchen team, meals are included, as well as the laughs.  Shifts: 6:45am-10am and 10:30am-2:30pm 7 days a week.

Agency: Catholic Charities: House of Charity
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Volunteer Relief Shelter Advocate

Volunteer Shelter Relief Advocate

Organization                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 The YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization is the world. Our mission at the YWCA: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1913 the YWCA of Spokane has served as a source of strength for women and children in the Spokane community. The YWCA of Spokane’s three umbrella programs include the Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program, the Women’s Opportunity Center and Children’s Services which includes Child Advocacy and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. For more information please visit www.ywcaspokane.org

Position Summary                                                                                                                                                                                              

YWCA Spokane’s Safe Shelter seeks a responsible individual to serve as a Relief Shelter Advocate.  Primary job duties are to provide crisis intervention, support services, and advocacy to victims and children of domestic violence in a confidential, residential setting. Position is on a volunteer basis and is unpaid.

Responsibilities

This position may be assigned some or all of the following responsibilities:

Serve as a relief domestic violence advocate at a shelter facility for victims of domestic violence and their children Provide supportive listening, crisis intervention, safety planning and client advocacy services Provide support services as requested Encouraged to participate in staff meetings, reviewing cases and providing input designing to improve level of service Maintain client files, in accordance with the YWCA standards and standards established by various funding agencies, and document all referrals and instruction; records are to be reviewed for completeness Support quality assurance and evaluation of services as required Observe all program requirements for confidentiality and privilege communication Perform intakes of clients when they enter the shelter which includes explaining the shelter rules and guidelines Provide a healthy environment for women and children at the shelter by ensuring that all clients understand and adhere to the shelter’s rules and guidelines Supervise resident’s household tasks, distributing food, clothing, linens and personal items to shelter clients Maintain shelter security and contact emergency personnel as needed Attend appropriate YWCA and community meetings, attend training sessions on group facilitation and other relevant issues Responsible for 24 hour crisis/referral hotline which includes performing screenings to determine eligibility of clients who want access to the shelter Performs all other duties as assigned by Supervisor

 

 

 

Position Qualifications

 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

A demonstrated interest in issues surrounding domestic violence and other topics relating to women and children from diverse backgrounds The ability to manage difficult or emotional client situations The ability to maintain professional boundaries when working with families and children so as to remain as open and objective as possible The ability to maintain the confidentiality of all client/co-worker/organizational business A respect and sensitivity for cultural differences, and a desire to promote a harassment-free environment Support of YWCA Spokane’s goals and values; dress and conduct in accordance with the YWCA Mission and Vision Survivors of Domestic Violence are encouraged to apply

 

Position Opportunities

Make an impact in the lives of women and children in your community Work within a passionate, diverse team of YWCA staff and volunteers Gain knowledge and understanding about domestic violence Receive 40 hours of unpaid Domestic Violence Advocate training, which will take place on weekends

Position Expections

12 – 18 hours per month including overnight shifts; minimum one year commitment

Position is unpaid

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to volunteer@ywcaspokane.org

No calls please

Agency: YWCA Spokane
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Pajama Party!

The House of Charity needs more PJ bottoms!  Our sleeping program offers over 100 clean and warm beds to homeless and transient men.  These men are also provided with a hot shower and clean pajamas nightly. We are looking for individuals interested in organizing a donation drive in effort to collect new or gently used pajama/scrub bottoms for men.  Size Large and X-Large are in highest demand. This would be a great opportunity for an office or group of friends to get together and see how many pajama pants they can collect!

 

Interested individuals please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cassandra Mooter at cmooter@ccspokane or 624-7821.

Agency: Catholic Charities: House of Charity
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Building & Grounds Maintenance

St. Anne's Children & Family Center is beautiful and spacious, nearly a half block long.  Our wonderful custodian is always in need of extra part time help both inside and outside of the Center. All supplies including cleaning and landscaping tools will be provided.  Job requirements:

Hours available: 6-9 pm Monday through Friday ~ even one evening a week would be a big help! Willing to take directions for a variety of cleaning and maintenance needs Appreciate attention to details

If interested, please contact Bridget Carstens, Volunteer Coordinator, at bcarstens@ccspokane.org or (509) 232-1111 ext. 111 for more information.

Agency: Catholic Charities Spokane: St. Anne's Children and Family Center
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99204
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Classroom Assistant

Join us at St. Anne's in the classroom!  You will learn a lot about early childhood education and just possibly new things about yourself in the process.

Our children range in age from (4) weeks to (6) years of age.  As a Classroom Assistant, you will assist the Lead Teacher with the classroom routine and care of the children interacting directly with each child as well as with your teacher. You may be reading with a child, working on communication skills while creating something with Play Dough, learning positive behavior guidance techniques, even outside for some exercise and fresh air.  Job requirements:

20 hours minimum required for Service Learning/Community Engaged Learning students Good interpersonal skills including verbal communication and listening skills Willing to take directions and ask questions Experience with young children helpful or a background in education Complete a TB skin test Pass a background check including fingerprints through the Department of Early Learning

If interested, please contact Bridget Carstens, Volunteer Coordinator, at bcarstens@ccspokane.org or (509) 232-1111  ext. 111 for more information.

Agency: Catholic Charities Spokane: St. Anne's Children and Family Center
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99204
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Lawn and Tree Care Needed

The House of Charity (HOC) is a homeless shelter and division of Catholic Charities.  It provides emergency services including meals, clothing, shelter, medical care, case management, and various other services to an under-served population of homeless, transient, and poor men and women in the Spokane area while assuring preservation of individual dignity.  The House of Charity accepts anyone in any condition, including the mentally ill and actively substance abusing.

We are located in a convenient location downtown and have a small amount of landscaping area that we would like to keep looking it's best out of respect for our patrons and neighbors.  We need your skills in order to keep our trees pruned, our grounds sprayed for weeds, and our landscaping manicured.  This would be a wonderful opportunity to promote your business and create a positive public image, as well as keep the HOC and it's patrons safe and looking great!

Interested parties may contact Cassandra Mooter, HOC Volunteer Coordinator at 624-7821 or email at cmooter@ccspokane.org.  Volunteer Applications can be found here.

Agency: Catholic Charities: House of Charity
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Gardening at the HOC

Come see the beautiful garden the House of Charity has planted!  We are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots,lettuce, herbs, broccoli, onions, and even some beautiful flowers!  We need your help weeding, watering, fertilizing, and harvesting all throughout the growing season this year. Food harvested will help our kitchen serve hundreds of homeless and transient in our population nutritious daily meals.

 

We will provide all tools, gloves, and supplies necessary. Day of the week and time of shift very flexible.

 

Ability to kneel, lift, stand, and squat for periods of time.  Basic knowledge regarding urban gardening a plus.  Garden located in an urban area with a moderate level of noise and activity.  Interested applicants must fill out a volunteer form at https://www.catholiccharitiesspokane.org/general-volunteer-packet or contact Cassandra Mooter at cmooter@ccspokane.org

Agency: Catholic Charities: House of Charity
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Whitebark Pine Restoration

There is a unique population of whitebark pine (WBP) trees on Copper Butte that is resistant to blister rust fungus and has killed entire populations of WBP in the Rocky Mountains. WBP is a high elevation, shade-intolerant species but due to natural wildfire exclusion it is being overtopped by competing tree species and is declining. We will thin sub-alpine fir and other competing species from the area to allow existing populations of  whitebark pine to survive and produce nutritious seed cones that are an important food source for Clark’s nutcrackers, red squirrels, grizzly and black bears and other species. Volunteers will get to enjoy camping and hiking at the third highest peak in the Colville National Forest with nice views and wildflowers. Volunteers can earn service hours, learn about plant restoration, and experience the opportunity to assist the U.S. Forest Service restore WBP, The Lands Council, and Kettle Range Conservation Group in an effort to preserve the endangered whitebark pine, support animal species that depend on WBP trees for food & shelter and defend against climate change. 

Volunteer teams will hike to camp, set up on the south side of Copper Butte, and spend the day hauling tree branches & trunks (that will be already cut into manageable pieces) to piles to be control- burned at a later date. Food will be provided and transportation can be arranged. You will be provided safety gear, hard hat, gloves, and safety goggles. A complete kitchen will be set up and left in place during the entire project.

The restoration will begin as soon as snow-melt and weather permits, likely mid-June and continue through October depending on weather. We will not work in extremely hot conditions or storms. Base camp will be set up for extended periods through the week and weekend. A minimum of 2 days, 1 night is required with crews between 4 - 10 people. Volunteers should prepare as they would for a backpacking trip with the possibility of varying weather conditions. Expect to be hiking on moderate to steep terrain, dragging tree limbs and pieces for up to 6 hours with several breaks.

Volunteers need to bring a pack between 45 and 60 liters with a tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, mess kit, at least 3L of water, and other personal items as well as useful essentials including compass, first aid kit, headlamp, and whistle.

Agency: Land's Council
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99201
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Food Bank

The Salvation Army of Spokane Food Bank assists approximately 1,500 people per month. We are a client choice program, meaning that each client that comes through our doors gets to “shop” for their own food with dignity. This requires us to utilize volunteers like you to assist clients and keep the shelves constantly stocked with a variety of food choices.

Volunteers are needed daily (Monday through Friday).

Food Bank Volunteer Hours of Operation:

Monday: 9a - 5p

Tuesday: 9a - 6:30p

Wednesday: 10:00 - 5p

Thursday: 9a - 6:30p

Friday: 9a - 5p

Volunteer when you can, and for as long as you can. You don't need to set a schedule with us.

Prior to volunteering, you must complete a volunteer application packet at The Salvation Army of Spokane (222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99207).

Please contact Jason Johnson, Volunteer & Event Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Spokane. (509)329-2721 jason.johnson@usw.salvationarmy.org

Agency: Salvation Army of Spokane
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >13 years old
Zip Code: 99207
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Positive relationship building and tutoring help

 Students may serve in YFC's Drop-In Center, which is open from about 3:00-6:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Service will include spending time with the kids who come in, playing sports, board games, pool, video games, etc. Most importantly, Power Hour(tutoring program) which occurs every Monday and Tuesday from 4pm-5pm. Students receive assistance and guidance with homework and tutors are greatly needed. There are longer term volunteer opportunities also available such as donor programming, outreach, and leading club for either HS and MS.

*Visit YFC website for volunteer application.

Agency: Youth for Christ: Hillyard
Community Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 99207
Allow Groups: Yes